I was excited to see this as soon as I saw the first trailer, thinking “here we go, Leo’s next shot at the Oscar”.The more I watched the trailer and the movie itself the more I realized that there was a lot more to the movie than Leo’s performance (which absolutely deserves the win, if he doesn’t get it, that means he’s the ceremony, no other explanation). The cinematography in this film knocked me flat. I went in knowing that director Alejandro Inarritu filmed in only natural light, which is a lot harder than you might think. They didn’t use any spotlights or any lighting in the movie at all besides the sun and fire.
Wow man what a difference it made, the way the whole thing was filmed made it seem more like a documentary more so than a movie and I mean that in the best way possible. I’ve already said that Leo deserves the win and I can’t stress that enough, the guy got fake mauled by a bear and I didn’t blink for the entire sequence, it felt like it was done all in one take. But it wasn’t just Leo, Tom Hardy and pretty much everyone else was incredible, Domhnall Gleeson sure is finding himself a lot of work lately, Ex Machina, The Force Awakens, and the Revenant, cudos to you man. By the time I left this movie I was exhausted, I felt like I’d been through what they all had. Yet the more I look back at the movie, the more I liked it. Even my friends agreed “Man that took a lot out of me but that was probably the best looking movie I’ve ever seen.”
I think the best way I could put it is that The Revenant does with visuals what The Hateful Eight does with dialogue, its kinda the driving focus of the movie (that and Leo being a stud). Since I didn’t see this movie in 2015 it didn’t go on my best of 2015 list, but if it did, it would be in the top 4. Go see this movie if you want an experience unlike any other.